historic colonial

This historic Colonial has witnessed a lot of love since it was built in 1916. A lot of starry-eyed couples exchanged wedding vows in the living room. Why?

It was owned, for many years, by the Reverend William Anderson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Back in the early 1900s, it was not at all unusual for a pastor to get that late-night knock on the door. A fervent young couple was seeking to marry. Young men shipping off to serve their country and romantics that could not wait, nor bear the cost of a wedding, were typical examples of those seeking a quick marriage. This was not just the stuff of movies. Couples pledged their troth in the living rooms of pastors all over the country. This classic home at 3503 Crescent Avenue was where many people began their journey as Mr. and Mrs.

Can you just imagine the sheer joy that has resonated through the walls of this historic Colonial home? That alone would seal the deal for me.


Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas

Preservation Dallas today held a conference to announce their 2016 most endangered listoric places in Dallas list. Photo: Irene Allender

“Historic preservation is the dynamic and deliberate process through which we decide what to keep from the present for the future, and then working to keep it.” —W. Brown Morton

Many historic buildings in Dallas face an uncertain future. Today, Preservation Dallas held a press conference to announce their 2016 “Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas” list.

These are properties too important to lose, for their historic integrity to be diminished, or for the loss of their ability to be used to their full potential, said David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas.

“This list is a roadmap for advocacy, education and development of programs in the preservation community that address the needs of these endangered properties,” Preziosi said. “We must work diligently to protect the places on the list as they are important to the history and fabric of Dallas, for once they are gone, they are lost forever.”

These historic places are irreplaceable community assets that tell the story of the city’s development.

“We hope this list of endangered properties makes the citizens of Dallas aware of how many important historic buildings are at risk of being lost forever,” said Nicky DeFreece Emery, Board President of Preservation Dallas. “Preservation Dallas sees this list as an opportunity for all of us to be more thoughtful in how the city grows and develops.”

Some of them, like East Dallas’ Elbow Room, won’t surprise you. But others will. Read on to see the list.



I dreamed I got a Georgian for Christmas! You know how some homes just ooze good vibes and what I call “great house juju”? This home is a blonde version of the red Georgian “Home Away” home up in Winnetka, Ill. Well of course it is — this is Dallas after all! In fact, 4434 Rawlins IS one of those warm and fuzzy “Home Away” homes. Could be because it’s sort of been like a church, only better: 4434 Rawlins was built in 1936 as the original mansion for First Presbyterian Church. As such, it has housed all the good things that come with being the chief minister’s home — parties, socials, and fun. All the bad stuff, those confessionals, tears and resulting sadness, that stayed in church.

And as I know only too well, Presbyterians are not afraid to enjoy a wee dram or two.

Located in the Rawlins Street Conservation District, the home is five minutes from downtown Dallas. And it has one of the most beautiful master bathrooms ever! Current owner is a talented Realtor who knows how to remodel a house and pack the punch where it counts. And pack he did: check out the canopied, enclosed master Jacuzzi tub. Rawlins was taken back to the studs in 2000 and completely remodeled, bringing it into the 21st century. The remodel included all new wiring, CAT 5 cables, plumbing, fixtures, lighting, kitchen, hardware and decor, while retaining the elegant charm that made the pastor’s home such a quietly elegant showplace. Asking: $1,125,000.

The home loves parties. After it was built it was put to use for weddings and church socials. The previous owner bought it from the church and continued the haute social scene, which has thrived under Terry Cook. It is also amazing to me that this home has had only 3 owners since 1936.









Tax bonus: located in the 29 home Rawlins Conservation District, the home sits on an over-sized corner lot (125 by 150 almost one-half acre) with a Lambert-designed garden. You get 4 bedrooms, three and a half baths, sitting room off the master, formals, study, all baths renovated to the “T”, steam shower in the master bath, extra climate controlled storage, and the most beautiful classic Georgian design in just over 5000 square feet. There is even an attic, just like in the movie.

They should totally film Home Away III here in this house… don’t you think?